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RESA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Submission

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RESA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Submission

RESA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Submission

RESA made a submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission addressing the workforce (jobs and skills) implications associated with increased involvement in the NFC, in summary it makes these points.

It would increase the number of jobs for South Australians.  If an increased involvement in the NFC were to be implemented, a number of decisions regarding to size and scope of that involvement would still need to be made, therefore quantifying jobs numbers or examining the mixture of skills needed to appropriately service any potential new nuclear industry is somewhat speculative.  However, using world-wide project experience and developing scenarios based on that as a framework, it is reasonable to estimate that more than 3,500 on-going direct jobs would be possible with full involvement in the NFC. Additionally, construction phase would likely lead to more than 5,000 extra jobs during any project build.  Furthermore, on-going indirect and induced jobs are likely to number more than 4000.  This is a lot of people in high-skilled technology focused jobs, many of them in regional South Australia.

We would need more skills.  While there is capability resident within South Australian universities, scientific organisation and engineering firms,  increased involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle would need to use this existing capability as a foundation to build a comprehensive science and technology skills framework extending from schools through Vocational Education all the way to higher education, PhDs and beyond.

A higher skilled workforce leads to economic growth.  This highly skilled workforce according to many analysts, including the OECD, is vitally important to economic growth.  The skills available in the labour force and the price of those skills determine how countries will fare in the global market, increasing skills levels in the population brings better employment prospects and the increasing earnings that come with higher educational attainment all contribute to growth and prosperity according to the OECD.

Once the tentative findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission were released, RESA reviewed and submitted a supplementary report, view report.   

RESA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Submission 

 

 
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